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Waco ISD Starts New Incentive Program to Help Boost Attendance

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Waco ISD will begin a new incentive program to help get students to class. 

This includes wake up calls to students from local and national celebrities, and big ticket item giveaways. All middle and high school students have the chance to get a new iPad, TV or a bike, but they have to show up to class everyday.

The program is called Wake Up Waco! David Ellis, Supervisor of Attendance, Truancy and Dropout at the district believes this will help boost attendance. 

"They can sign up to get a celebrity wake up call," Ellis said. "Every morning for the first month of school, just try to get them a good start for the first month of school."

Last school year, a total of 129,000 days of school were missed causing the district to lose around $5 million dollars in state funding. 

"That's a lot," said Ellis. "That's a lot of supplies and a lot of teachers, but most importantly it's those kids that are not in school."

This year, Ellis was able to receive $25,000 dollars from the district for an incentive program.

"Let's say after the first two weeks, every kid in middle and high school who get's perfect attendance in the first two weeks will get a reward of some sort. It'll be small," Ellis said. "At the end of the school year we are going to give away some iPads and big screen TV's."

Out of 15,000 students, only 26 of them had perfect attendance last school year. That's one of every 600 students.

One Waco High student thinks it's great to have these incentives.

"I think it'll motivate people because everybody wants the newest technology and stuff, so if they say all you have to do is come to school to get it, I'd do it," said Ladaidreain Glasker.

While others think it shouldn't have to go this far.

"I think having a little bit of incentive helps, but I just don't think it should be so grand that it seems unfair," said Waco High student Bryan Lopez.

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